Friday, August 22, 2014

"Asteray" Installed in Downtown Urbana

The Public Art League is proud to announce the installation of Asteray, a sculpture by Nicole Beck.  The Public Art League worked with the City of Urbana to complete the installation near the corner of Green and Cedar streets in downtown Urbana.  Asteray represents the 42nd sculpture the Public Art League has brought to the community, and its installation is possible thanks to the generous support of Barak Rosenshine.

Nicole Beck is a sculptor with strong ties to Illinois and Champaign-Urbana in particular, with her pieces Astroterra and Foxgloves featured in the community from 2011-2013, and Amplifiers scheduled for future installation on the University of Illinois campus.  In addition, her sculptures have been featured in numerous exhibits in Chicago, including Avenue of Sculpture at Merchandise Mart, Art in the Gardens at Grant Park, and the Clark Street Sculpture Exhibition, which described her work as “abstracted apparatus and organic forms juxtaposed as poetic metaphors for archetypes of the flow and balance of energy and life systems”.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Reflective Moments" Installed at Allerton Park

The Public Art League is proud to announce the installation of "Reflective Moments" by artist Ruth Gee at Allerton Park in Monticello.  The piece was unveiled at a ceremony held at the Park on Friday, August 8.  The sculpture can be found just north of the Visitor's Center and represents the first new piece of art installed at Allerton since 1942.

"Reflective Moments" is the first sculpture installed from those accepted by the Public Art League in 2014.  It is the 42nd sculpture installed since PAL formed in 2010.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unveiling New Art at Allerton Park

On Friday August 8th at 5:30 pm, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, alongside the Public Art League, will unveil the first new piece of art at Allerton Park since 1942.

Allerton Park & Retreat Center invites the public to the unveiling of Reflective Moments, the newest sculpture in the Allerton collection.  Reflective Moments is a sculpted bronze piece produced by Ruth Gee, an artist from Hastings, Michigan.

The unveiling will be held just north of the Visitor Center, where Reflective Moments will engage visitors for years to come.  A Concerts in the Park series Bluegrass Concert will follow the unveiling, on the Allerton Gate House Lawn at 6 pm.

Robert Allerton¹s extensive sculpture collection is widely known, and the Allerton staff is proud to carry on his legacy by adding a new piece this summer.  Derek Peterson, Associate Director at Allerton, says, "We were very careful in choosing a piece; we wanted the new to blend with the old.  Allerton was constantly adding to his collection, and we wanted to continue in that tradition, while respecting the historic significance."

Allerton staff worked with the Public Art League to lease the sculpture, which will be housed at Allerton for the next two years. "We hope to continue to add to Allerton's art collection as well over time," notes Peterson.

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